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WHDH,WLVI (Boston) WSVN (Miami) 1/13 Carriage Dispute

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by noahproblem, Jan 10, 2012.

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  1. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Gold Members DBSTalk Gold Club

    Feb 23, 2007
    Uxbridge, MA
    I don't think so........

    If Fox or NBC or CW had that much control in this case, none of their programming would be blacked out. It's the owner of the stations, and has been reported as such.

    You are correct in that a network can pull their programming, but they can't make an affiliate show it. Affiliates have refused to air certain programs in the past.
  2. HoTat2

    HoTat2 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2005
    Hey people look;

    I definitely feel for you, but you've really got to stop blaming, pleading, or trying to otherwise pressure DIRECTV to turn on DNS service for you. I assure you the rules are very restrictive on that service and carry heavy penalties if an MSO violates them.

    This is something Dish Network can attest to. They were caught in violation of DNS rules a while back and had their license to "directly" offer the service suspended for some four years as a result.

    The problem is the government really has got to change the rules (and I know that's asking for near "mission impossible" for them to do anything worthwhile these days :rolleyes: ) that give the local TV stations these monopolistic powers over viewer markets this way. The rules were not intended for this, but TV group owners like Sunbeam are exploiting them anyway to extort ever higher retransmission fees from the MSOs.
  3. Boston_bill

    Boston_bill Icon

    Jul 23, 2009
  4. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Gold Members DBSTalk Gold Club

    Feb 23, 2007
    Uxbridge, MA

    Do you think Sunbeam did that to him?
  5. Terry K

    Terry K Legend

    Sep 13, 2006
    Actually the network can force an alternative should they have to. FOX added that to new contracts that in the case of retrans issues they can import their programming (and only network) into cable systems directly.
  6. ThaPhenom

    ThaPhenom Mentor

    Aug 21, 2006
    Expect more disputes like these in the future. Sunbeam's contract with Comcast will be up later this summer. It will be interesting whether they will be singing the same tune with them.

    The real culprit is the networks want a piece of the retrans fees the affiliates are getting from cable & sat companies. Fox apparently wants more than the others. If an affiliate balks, well Fox yanks their programming & moves it to another affiliate. No doubt Sunbeam is probably charging even more to cover what Fox is squeezing them for. That's my theory at least.
  7. Boston_bill

    Boston_bill Icon

    Jul 23, 2009
    and we're back. Glad they settled.
  8. acer505

    acer505 Cool Member

    Nov 14, 2007
    Yes Go Pats
  9. Gloria_Chavez

    Gloria_Chavez Godfather

    Aug 11, 2008
    Educated guess on terms.

    50 cents a month, going to 1 dollar by year 5 of contract.
  10. noahproblem

    noahproblem Legend

    Aug 19, 2009
    Is there a way to edit the title of this thread? (Mods?) Since I started the thread I wanted to update the title to indicate the dispute was resolved but I can't figure out how to change it.

    Thankfully I finally get to ask this question, BTW.
  11. Blurayfan

    Blurayfan Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2005
    Only the mods can update title after the thread is read and the first reply is given.
  12. Garry

    Garry Legend

    Jul 4, 2006
    Since one of Sunbean's stations in Boston is an NBC affiliate, it would be an interesting situation if there's a conflict with Comcast. I don't think they will try to use leverage in Boston. They wouldn't like to lose their network affiliation.
  13. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    A mod can lock it and post the URL to the thread stating it's resolved if they want to. Otherwise this thread will die eventually.
  14. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    A good idea.
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